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Blogger Collects Weird WiFi Names

EVANSTON, Ill., Jan. 18 (UPI) — A Chicago area blogger has made it her mission to expose the unusual and humorous names people in the region give their WiFi networks. Alexandra Janelli, the blogger behind WTFWiFi, said she began her quest when she lived in New York and found networks with names including “I eat […]

Twitter Users Fill Wikipedia Void

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 18 (UPI) — Users of San Francisco-based microblogging site Twitter are filling the void during the 24-hour Wikipedia blackout by sharing their own “facts.” Wikipedia went into a 24-hour blackout Wednesday to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, which is being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives, and its Senate equivalent, […]

Site Of Hitler’s Base Up For Rent

KETRZYN, Poland, Jan. 18 (UPI) — The Polish Forestry Service said Wolf’s Lair, the site that hosted Adolf Hitler’s base during World War II, can be rented for $138,400 per year. The service said the previous lease expired after 20 years and they are now looking for a new tenant for the property, which still […]

Billions Appear In Teacher’s Account

BALURGHAT, India, Jan. 18 (UPI) — A teacher in India said he was shocked to check his bank account, which he expected to contain $200, and saw a balance of $9.8 billion. Parijat Saha of Balurghat, who makes about $700 a month teaching in West Bengal, said he checked his account online and was baffled […]

Iraq Wants Brit To Return Saddam’s Buttock

DERBY, England, Jan. 17 (UPI) — A former British Special Air Service man who took a buttock from a toppled statue of Saddam Hussein was told by the Iraqi government to return the bronze lump. Nigel “Spud” Ely, 52, who guarded a camera crew filming Iraqis pulling down the giant statue in Baghdad in April […]

Store Fined $30,000 For Stocking Toy Guns

NEW YORK, Jan. 17 (UPI) — A New York discount store was ordered to pay a $30,000 fine for stocking toy guns that were deemed to be too realistic. Andrew Tilem, lawyer for the odds-and-ends store called 99¢ Target, said the fine amounts to $5,000 for each of the six toy sheriff sets put up […]

Police: Woman Offered Sex For McNuggets

BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 17 (UPI) — Police in California said a woman accused of offering a McDonald’s customer sexual favors in exchange for chicken McNuggets was arrested. Burbank police said Khadijah Baseer of Los Angeles was spotted opening customers’ car doors in the drive-through lane at the McDonald’s on Olive Avenue late Wednesday and an […]

Couple Outraged By Police Deer Shooting

FOREST LAKE, Minn., Jan. 17 (UPI) — A Minnesota couple says they’re outraged police shot and killed two deer that had been living in their yard for seven months. Jeff Carpenter of Forest Lake, about 30 miles northeast of Minneapolis, said he and his wife, LeeAnn, had been caring for the deer and he was […]

Steve Jobs Doll Pulled From Production

CUPERTINO, Calif., Jan. 17 (UPI) — An action figure of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been pulled from production at the request of his family and the California-based technology company. In Icons, which began advertising the lifelike doll Jan. 3, said it is canceling the 1-foot action figure at the request of Apple and the […]

Man Driving In Underwear Gets DUI

CHICAGO, Jan. 16 (UPI) — A man clad only in underwear and socks was charged with drunken driving after his vehicle hit a police car during the weekend in Chicago, police said. Police were notified about a man possibly driving drunk in an alley on the city’s Northwest Side, the Chicago Tribune reported Sunday. Apparently […]

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